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Monday, May 3, 2010

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday at The Printed Page is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Only two books this week but that's plenty!

The Secret Speech
by Tom Rob Smith

For review from Hatchette

Soviet Union, 1956: Stalin is dead. With his passing, a violent regime is beginning to fracture - leaving behind a society where the police are the criminals, and the criminals are innocent. The catalyst comes when a secret manifesto composed by Stalin's successor Khrushchev is distributed to the entire nation. Its message: Stalin was a tyrant and a murderer. Its promise: The Soviet Union will change. Meanwhile, former state security officer Leo Demidov is facing his own turmoil. Three years ago he put his life on the line to stop a killer and as a reward for heroic service he was granted the authority to establish a homicide department in Moscow. He now strives to see justice done, while at the same time working to build a life with his wife, Raisa, and their adopted daughters.

But the dark legacy of his past career cannot be forgotten so easily. The two young girls he and Raisa adopted have yet to forgive him for his involvement in the death of their parents. They are not alone. Now that the truth is out, Leo, Raisa and their family are in grave danger from someone with a grudge against Leo. Someone transformed beyond recognition into the perfect model of vengeance.From the streets of Moscow in the throes of political upheaval, to the wintry Siberian gulags and to the center of the Hungarian uprising in Budapest, The Secret Speech is another stunning thriller from the author of Child 44.

by L. J. Smith

From PaperBack Swap

Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters -- they live among us without our knowledge. Night World is their secret society, a secret society with very strict rules. And falling in love breaks all the laws of the Night World.

In Secret Vampire, Poppy thought the summer would last forever. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Now Poppy's only hope for survival is James, her friend and secret love. A vampire in the Night World, James can make Poppy immortal. But first they both must risk everything to go against the laws of Night World.

Fugitives from Night World, three vampire sisters leave their isolated home to live among humans in Daughters of Darkness. Their brother, Ash, is sent to bring the girls back, but he falls in love with their beautiful friend.

Two witch cousins fight over their high school crush. It's a battle between black magic and white magic in Spellbinder.


  1. Oooh, The Secret Speech is supposed to be really good! Enjoy!

  2. I have Night World on my tbr shelves. Happy Reading this week =)

  3. I have The Secret Speech here but I wonder if I need to read Child 44 first. Enjoy your new books.

  4. The Secret Speech sounds fascinating! I hope you enjoy it and I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Hope all is good with you this week.

  5. The Secret Speech intrigues me. I look forward to your review...happy reading.

  6. Enjoy both of your new books! :)

  7. I also received The Secret sure does sound good!

  8. I love Cold War thrillers, especially Behind the Iron Curtain ones. Thanks for the introduction to this one!

    Here is my MM list on Rose City Reader.

  9. I enjoyed Night World, it was a quick read even though it appears huge!

  10. Have a great time with your new books, they both look good.

  11. Nice mailbox! I've read L J Smith before...her FORBIDDEN GAME trilogy is great and being re-released next month. Definitely recommend it. Happy reading!


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